SUMMERSIDE – Little is being said publicly about a closed door meeting Monday night, between Summerside city council and members of the Summerside Rotary Club and the Friends of the Library over a new location for the facility.
© Mike Carson/Journal Pioneer
Rotary Regional Library
Rotarian Gerard Greenan made a presentation to council about the city purchasing the former Canada Post Office building on Central Street to be converted into a library.
Greenan had little to say about the talks when contacted on Friday.
“We had a discussion,” he said. “Nothing to report. It will be some time. It was just a matter of sharing information. They didn’t tell us anything.”
The library needs to expand. It is located in the former CN rail station on Water Street, which has proved to be problematic when it comes to renovations.
The second floor of the structure has been closed off by the city to public use and extensive renovations would be required to the building. Added to this is the issue of the train station being a heritage property.
The Rotary Club and the Friends of the Rotary Library looked into the possibility of renovating the train station to meet the library’s needs. They were informed that new builds would go by the National Building Code and because it would be a new build connecting it to an older one, then the older one would have to be brought up to the national code.
The library services are provided by the province. They staff and provide the materials, but it is the responsibility of the municipality to find a location. It is a city building.
The Friends of the Rotary Regional Library have repeatedly tried to impress upon the city the need to expand the library for several years.
“The library will still function,” Greenan said. “We’re just trying to decide what the best next steps are for the library.
Greenan did say the city gave no indication at the closed-door meeting that it was interested in purchasing the former post office building.
“We’re just looking at options,” Greenan said.
When asked if the city offered the group any alternative sites, Greenan said, “I can’t comment.”